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Thurs, Dec. 13th: Voter ID 1

Air date 12/13/12

1 - A recent study commissioned by the Mississippi secretary of state's office shows more than 98% of voters surveyed who cast ballots in November's general election had at least one form of acceptable photo ID.  Voters passed a constitutional amendment requiring an ID at the polls. The new law was not implemented in time for the most recent elections last month. Joining us with more on the study and the implementation of Voter ID in Mississippi is Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann.

2 - Charter schools in Mississippi will once again be on the forefront of the Republican agenda in the 2013 legislative session.   Party leaders called a joint House and Senate Education Committee hearing yesterday aimed at building support for expanding the existing law. Similar Charter school proposals failed last session. So what has changed? In the first of our three-part Education Session preview, MPB's Capitol Reporter Jeffrey Hess and Southern Education Desk Reporter Annie Gilbertson examine how a media blitz and a single committee seat change may usher the charter school agenda item into law.

3 - Alma Powell is the chair of the children's advocacy organization, America's Promise Alliance. During a community summit hosted by Operation Shoestring, she talked about how communities must work together to raise the next generation. As the wife of former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, she's no stranger to being under scrutiny.

4 - Marshall Ramsey is an adopted Mississippian, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated editorial cartoonist, a cancer survivor, marathon runner and radio personality. As if that were not enough, he's out with his first book of short stories, "Fried Chicken and Wine." In this week's Book Club, Marshall remembers his inspiration, Banjo the Dog, and talks about the book's beginnings.

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